Hospitals saved life of parish council chairman
THE chairman of Stratton St Margaret Parish Council remains seriously ill in hospital, after suffering an aneurysm last month.
Coun John Foley was taken to the Great Western Hospital in September, where staff discovered he had a burst aneurysm which had bled into his stomach.
He was transferred to the Gloucester Royal Infirmary, where doctors were better equipped to treat him.
John’s wife, Eileen, who is also a member of the parish council, said: “It was touch and go at one point.
“We were all called to his bedside, all the family and all the grandchildren, and it was Friday the 13th.
“The staff at Gloucester Royal Infirmary saved John’s life. We owe them such a lot. Although John was still on a ventilator, he was getting up and the staff at the Great Western Hospital have been absolutely marvellous.”
John was taken ill on the morning of September 12, fainting and then telling his wife he felt unwell.
She said: “Because of the way he looked, I thought it was a stroke, so I called 999 and they came and took him straight to hospital.
“They said he had had an anerurysm in his aorta, which was bleeding into his stomach, and he had to be rushed to the Gloucester Royal Infirmary and that’s where he went.
“I followed in the car. He was very ill for a couple of days and they said he had to have a major operation.”
Doctors later had to re-open the wound in order to let his stomach heal.
Eileen said: “They had to keep the wound open for two or three days, for the stomach to get back to normal.”
On September 29, John was transferred back to the GWH, where he has since been recovering.
He has been able to speak to his family and he was taken off the ventilator on Tuesday.
Eileen said: “He is talking. He can’t breathe very well, so he has been writing it down to talk to us, but for two weeks he was completely out of it.”
Although John is being treated in the intensive care unit, he is continuing to make progress, much to the relief of his family.
Eileen said: “The family would like to express its sincere thanks to all the NHS staff at both the Gloucester Royal Infirmary and the Great Western Hospital for their care, kindness and support. Words cannot express our gratitude. I’d say that they even saved his life, they worked so hard.”
The councillor is chairman of Swindon’s largest parish council, which is responsible for Stratton and some of the surrounding areas.
The parish council’s vice-chairman, Coun David Roberts, said: “All the members and staff of the parish council have been very concerned and wish John a very speedy recovery.
“We look forward to welcoming him back when he is fully recovered.”
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